Stratovarius' Drummer Issues Update About His Battle With Cancer
Eagle Rock Ent.
"I hope this mail finds everybody well," Michael's said in a statement. "The first leg of the European tour with Helloween is over -- time to have a few words with you. First, let's not forget the brilliant emergency rescue action and playing of Alex [Landenburg]. Thanks again for all what you did for the fans, the band and also for me. Surely I hate the idea of somebody sitting on 'my chair' but this special action needed some special treatment and I am proud and happy that it was you, Alex. Thanks again."
He continued, "I was overwhelmed by all the wishes, tons of emails and text messages I received from all over the world wishing me a speedy recovery. Thank you so much for supporting me. It made me feel very strong fighting these bastards inside of me. I have some good news to tell you and believe me -- I really enjoy to tell the world: The surgery was done over six weeks ago and the first therapy is done as well. All looks good so far and as [keyboardist] Jens [Johansson] told me before: 'Do not worry, Jörg. What should survive in your body after all that you did to him!' Finally, he was right.
"There are only small bits and bobs left -- I will fight those with another therapy [session] in about four months time. I think I've been very lucky that it was discovered by one of my friends in a very early state. Very good that my friend decided to become a doctor; he was very lousy when he tried playing the guitar. I'm currently practicing the drums to be ready and kicking again when the tour continues in the new year. I will be back. Thanks again for everything! See you in Paris and everywhere else ..."
In other Stratovarius news, the prog masters have a Jan. 18 release date for their 13th studio album, 'Elysium.' The nine-track majestic masterwork was recorded in Helsinki, Finland.